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Enemies Within? Opposition To The Zambian One-Party State, 1972–1980

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This chapter explores the trajectories of leaders, members and sympathisers of the United Progressive Party (UPP), following its breakaway from the ruling United National Independence Party (UNIP) in August 1971, its banning in February 1972 and the subsequent declaration of the UNIP one-party state. It also explores the changing political perspectives of Kapwepwe, primarily through interviews with many of his leading supporters in the UPP. In demonstrating the range of political ideas and tactics adopted by the opponents of UNIP, the chapter aims to illustrate major themes informing political contestation and debate in post-colonial Zambia. In seeking to contribute to the construction of a unified Zambian nation, the post-colonial historical project glossed over the grossly uneven nature of Zambia's liberation struggle. This unevenness left a profound legacy for political conflict that is only now being fully comprehended.

Keywords: political contestation; United National Independence Party (UNIP); United Progressive Party (UPP); Zambian one-party state



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